Richard Oland's mistress describes panic attempts to reach him the night of his death in testimony


Dennis Oland addresses the courts in Saint John, NB, January 29, 2019.

Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

The woman Richard Oland was having an affair described the anger and then the panic she felt when she tried in vain to reach her multimillionaire lover hours after being beaten to death in her office.

The videotaped testimony of Diana Sedlacek, a former real estate agent in Saint John who was romantically involved with Oland for eight years, was thrown in Dennis Oland's new trial on Tuesday. Oland, 50, was charged with his father's second-degree murder on July 6, 2011.

In the time space between 6:44 p. on July 6 until the late morning of July 7, Sedlacek told the court about the text messages he had sent to Richard Oland, from swearing and threats to call his home, until he prayed for him.

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"Stop it … and pick up your damn phone," she texted the night of July 6, when police believe Richard Oland was dead on the floor of his St. John office, killed by repeated blows to the head .

Later the next day, after seeing Richard Oland's car being towed from his office parking lot by police, she wrote, "I love you. God be with you my love Praying, praying.

She said she was afraid he had a heart attack.

The prosecution is presenting Sedlacek's testimony of Dennis Oland's first trial in 2015. According to Oland's defense team, video replays from several witnesses are being shown in the new test to save time.

Oland was sentenced in 2015, but the verdict was overturned in 2016 and a second trial was ordered. It is being held only before the judge in the Court of St. John of the Queen's Bank.

The defense did not question Sedlacek.

Prosecutors have told the court that they believe Dennis Oland's anger over his father's extramarital affairs may have contributed to motivating what they describe as a "rage murder."

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Sedlacek's numerous text messages and Richard Oland's responses, or lack of response, are also being used by prosecutors to help establish a timeline for the billionaire's closing hours.

There were no voice conversations between Sedlacek and Oland on July 6, 2011 – all communication between the two was through texts on their iPhones.

Messages begin happily and warmly in the first part of July 6.

"Lixxxx Morning in Goldn Gun," says his ticket to Richard at 9:08 am. Sedlacek tells the court that it was an "affectionate term".

"Zu found note? – re our trip.

Oland and Sedlacek were planning a trip to Portland, Me., Later that month. Most exchanges are about arrangements for escape.

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Both Sedlacek and Oland were married to each other.

His last message to Richard Oland, before his phone was turned off, was at 18h44. – a key moment in the murder investigation. Dennis Oland, the last person known to see his father alive, would have just left the office a few minutes before the 6:44 text when he returned to his house in Rothesay.

The trial has heard that the last message to Richard Oland's cell came out of a tower at Rothesay, near Renforth Wharf, where Dennis Oland had stopped on his way home to see if his children were there.

Sedlacek received no response to his messages to Richard Oland in the early afternoon of July 6, 2011.

Oland was 69 at the time of his death. Sedlacek described Oland, a member of the prominent family of sea beer, as an avid skier and spoke of his love of navigation.

The trial should last until mid-March.


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